After lunch, the whole family crammed in the car for a day in the country. Just a few minutes outside of our neighborhood, the land turns hilly and green, and farms pop up out of nowhere. A few minutes after that, the châteaux appear.
We dropped Laurent off at his parasailing lesson (yes, you read that right) and then the four of us continued on to Chaumont-sur-Loire, a château about an hour away by car. You can read more about it here.The inside of the château is decorated with the original furniture, tapestries, and such of the past owners, dating from 1054 to 1945. The grounds are filled with temporary modern art exhibits across the lush green grass. Martine and I enjoyed ourselves; the boys were slightly less impressed by the old junk, but we all had a good time.
On the drive back, we picked up a couple pizzas for dinner. Only the French would think to put fried eggs on a pepperoni pizza, but it was truly delicious. Add a bottle of wine and some fantastic chestnut bread, and you’ve got yourself a solid meal after a long day of exploring.